Ubuntu 10.04 beta 1 released

Ubuntu, 10.04 beta 1 has been publicly released, based on the Debian GNU/Linux distribution.  This beta comes packed with a variety of updates, including an updated Linux kernel 2.6.32, new skins, features and much more.

Ubuntu 10.04 beta 1 is loaded with updates and new features like GNOME 2.3, which gives developers and users ultimate control over their desktop, software and data.  Mozilla also has been updated with the new default search engine set to Yahoo! - although users can set their home page to Yahoo! or Google, depending on their settings.

KDE SC 4.4 will be featured in the latest beta, with an assortment of applications from development, games, multimedia, office, utilities and many more.  Likewise-open received a major update, for Active Directory authentication and server support for Linux.  This package will support Ubuntu 8.04 LTS and Ubuntu 9.10.

A new default open-source driver for nVidia hardware, Nouveau, will provide users with kernel mode detection, providing them with resolution detection and provides hardware accelerated 2D functionality.

Ubuntu 10.04 just got more social, announcing a brand new built-in integration with Twitter, identi.ca, Facebook, and other social networks, right from your MeMenu panel.  This integration is built off from the Gwibber project, which has a new backend, for greater reliability, and multi-column view, for following multiple feeds at once.

This release also provides quick boot times, and faster resumes from suspended mode, including all new changes to the look and feel of the boot process.  Not only the boot process got a new look, but Ubuntu includes two new themes, Ambiance and Radiance, packed with new wallpapers and icons.

Ubuntu 10.04 is still in beta, and users should use caution when installing this.  Ubuntu 10.04 final will release on April 29, 2010 - exactly 6 months since the release of Ubuntu 9.10.

Thanks to brentaal for the news tip!

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Tried it, quite buggy. Was able to change the min, max and close buttons in the Config, but if they want to actually release the software like that, they must make an easier way to move the buttons.
If they're trying to save that space for a new and upcoming feature, it had better be pretty good, because most would probably consider a close button pretty important.

Anyway, for a Beta, it's good, just way too buggy for a final release. But then again, I said the same thing about Vista RC1. LOL

for everyone that is annoyed with buttons going over to left. type this into the terminal.

[code]
gconftool-2 --type string --set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout "menu:maximize,minimize,close"[/code]

hey presto its all back on the right hehehe.

Optimash Prime said,
for everyone that is annoyed with buttons going over to left. type this into the terminal.

[code]
gconftool-2 --type string --set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout "menu:maximize,minimize,close"[/code]

hey presto its all back on the right hehehe.


Is the command to set it to the left:

[code]
gconftool-2 --type string --set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout "maximize,minimize,close:menu"[/code]

?

Edited by alfaaqua, Mar 22 2010, 12:10pm :

Let me know if anyone is testing Likewise Open for AD support. I work for the company (Likewise) and if you're having troubles, let me know.

getting fed up with ubuntu this 6 month cycle just causes me pain, tried the beta and got the libata drdy drive error msg spamming dmesg, makes ubuntu unusable.

can't even use wubi as they keep breaking grub, would prefer it if they had an LTS but they kept the apps up to date and not just do security fixes.

deadite66 said,

can't even use wubi as they keep breaking grub, would prefer it if they had an LTS but they kept the apps up to date and not just do security fixes.

Im not sure if I understood you correctly but 10.04 is (will be) a LTS.

Thanks to the new change in branding, mac like looks, and a loss of identity, i no longer feel a need to install ubuntu. It no longer has the same appeal to me that it once did. Fedora...i would install, but i do not like the package management. whatever, i'll stick with my highly satisfactory and easy to use win7 install.

If I *want* Google, I know what URL to use (same with the Bing-powered Yahoo), so if an OS has a different default, it matters diddly-squit to me. (I have Yahoo as my default in Windows, and on purpose.)

Besides, I prefer *Kubuntu* (because I prefer KDE, especially 4.4).

KDE, bringing Windows look-alikes and Apple-esque Knaming obsessions together into one big happy unmarketable family.

/happy netbook user of Gnome, the unabashedly MacOS-obsessed, but Windows 9x taskbar inspired, preferred GUI of minimalists who giggle at Xfce like Vista users giggled at XP stay-off-my-lawn loyalists.

Edited by Joshie, Mar 20 2010, 9:53pm :

KenR7A said,
OMG, Yahoo is the new default homepage?! I gotta see this!!

What?!

Damn! I'll change it back to Google!

Edited by Tpiom, Mar 20 2010, 5:49pm :

KenR7A said,
OMG, Yahoo is the new default homepage?! I gotta see this!!

Don't worry, it's still very easy to reset it to Bing.

Joshie said,

Don't worry, it's still very easy to reset it to Bing.


And why would anyone (in their sane mind) do that?

Edited by Lechio, Mar 21 2010, 11:28am :

Joshie said,

Don't worry, it's still very easy to reset it to Bing.

Lechio said,

And why would anyone (in their sane mind) do that?

I second that, Lechio.

Yeah, Google pulled their support and Yahoo took the bait, so Yahoo is the default now. Developers figured that if you're smart enough to install Ubuntu, then surely you can change the default search with no problem.

Since it's rarely been addressed (on any news site): for those curious about Ubuntu Netbook Remix, it looks almost identical to 9.10, with the new theme applied to windows and much improved boot time, as well as the updated components. Anyone expecting a new desktop with this much-touted update, look elsewhere.

Also, I will be sorely disappointed in the Ubuntu team if they don't at the very least keep the menu bar's window management consistent with the new theme. A non-maximized window has the min/max/close controls on the left (ala MacOS), but if you maximize it, the X moves to the right. I am very suspicious that this will not be addressed, and I'll be hearing the usual frustrating Linuxy "so open the theme file and change it yourself if it bothers you" attitude that continues to keep Linux from ever being a serious competitor.

The button thing is a major annoyance, but the developers claim they think freeing the space on the right can be useful to play around with in future. Whatever. But yes, it is a MAJOR annoyance and I'm sorry they're not addressing it properly.

Symod said,
The button thing is a major annoyance, but the developers claim they think freeing the space on the right can be useful to play around with in future. Whatever. But yes, it is a MAJOR annoyance and I'm sorry they're not addressing it properly.

Yeah, and even if it turns out being a positive GUI change, at least make it *consistent*. Shove the X in the menu bar to the left of the title.

As a minor update, I just finished installing the Kubuntu Netbook 10.04 beta, and kids, stick to Ubuntu on this one. While the "it's still just a beta" mantra works sometimes, they've got a month left, and KDE's Plasma Netbook GUI is an absolutely painful experience on an EeePC. Sluggish and unstable, with irritating little popups flying all over the place, and a boot time roughly 5x longer than Ubuntu NE's.

While Plasma's developers may feel that Gnome's netbook GUI isn't a clever enough presentation of software, it at least is smooth, solid, and doesn't feel bottlenecked by an Atom CPU.

/went into Kubuntu NE with a lot of curiosity
//leaving utterly disappointed and as cynical about KDE as ever

I haven't tried the Noveau drivers. I think I will try them in my next *buntu update.

Also, I hope that Pulse Audio has been smoothed out. That was an unpleasant transition from alsa for many users.

It's the default in Fedora if that helps.
Not bad. Required in Fedora to get the newer bootscreen. Once the nVidia drivers are installed though, it kills that. Maybe Ubuntu will be different.

Really would like 3D (and there was something else, but I forget) in it. Being able to run compliz out of the box would be a +1.

Edited by cybertimber2008, Mar 20 2010, 9:19pm :

torrentthief said,
which version of firefox and openoffice does this include?

You can automatically update firefox builds in Ubuntu with a script